“I got in yesterday – I had a flight early in the morning – woke up at about 5:30. I got to the facility at 11:00 and filled out papers, had lunch, kind of just hung out and met the coaches. At the end of the day we had a team meeting with the head coach.
“Today has been the biggest day for us. This morning we got up, came over, ate breakfast, had meetings and then had some more meetings, had lunch, had another meeting, a walk through, we were out on the field just now and then the weight room. Today has been non-stop with something to do every hour with probably about 20 minutes in between everything. That’s expected though in a three-day camp. You’ve got to get as much in as possible. Days and hours are all running together right now.
“Not being able to participate brings me back to after I got hurt at Oklahoma when I had to miss four games. I’m sitting on the sideline just so eager and competitive wanting to go in there and show what I have. I’ve been working the last five-and-a-half months to get to where I want to be. I get here and they’re pulling the reigns on me.
“They want to hold me back, which is reasonable, but it’s just not fun having to sit back. It is cool though to encourage other guys and be on the outside looking in, being able to talk to the coaches and be one of the guys who can state their opinion on how guys are working their different routes and things like that.
“The coaches know who they’re getting and they know the type of player they’re getting … now they want to see if I can come in and pick up the system. That’s the biggest thing for us now, meeting non-stop to get as much information in as possible. Every coach is seeing if you can take it in. I feel like I’ve done pretty well learning as much as I have that they’ve thrown at me so far. Not having to worry about the physical part on the field, it’s just mainly mental.
“On day three of the draft I hear Ronnell Lewis got picked in the fourth round and then in the seventh round Travis Lewis got picked, so it made me feel a little bit better to have somebody up here. Then they brought in Sam Proctor as well so it’s been a good deal.
“We get to be here and feel comfortable as much as possible and a lot of the other guys don’t have too many friends coming in. I feel very blessed to be in this situation. We’re tight. We are hard workers. Ronnell left school early but me, Sam and Travis all came in the same year so we’ve been through it all together.
“It’s been a fun day and I’m sure things will slow down next week since we’re here for a month. Right now they’re seeing as much as they can in these three days that they’re allowed to get in.”
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Seven down and one to go.
The Lions and third-round pick Bill Bentley agreed to terms on a four-year deal Friday, according to league sources.
Bentley (5-10, 182) and the Lions agreed on his rookie deal just hours before the team begins a three-day rookie minicamp Friday afternoon.
Bentley recorded 232 career tackles, 13 for losses, 1.5 sacks, seven interceptions and 20 pass deflections at Louisiana-Lafayette.
That leaves first-round pick Riley Reiff as the only unsigned draft pick from the 2012 draft class for the Lions. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, all rookies get four-year deals and first-round picks receive a team option for a fifth year.
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The Lions have invited 19 rookies to their mini-camp for a tryout this weekend:
RJ Archer, QB, William & Mary
Fabian Connor, CB, Purdue
Gary Gray, CB, Notre Dame
Maurice Hampton, DT, Maryland
Michael Hoag, G, Wake Forest
Armauni Johnson, WR, Idaho
Wallace Miles, WR, North Carolina A&T
Brad Ohrman, DE, Eastern Michigan
Ayanga Okpowuruk, DE, Duke
Aaron Oliver, LB, Arizona State
Phillip Price, T, Clemson
Sam Proctor, FS, Oklahoma
Brandon Rankin, DT, Washington State
Greg Shaw, T, LSU
Todd Storm, DE, Michigan Tech
A.J. Strum, T, Ohio
Jacquis Terry, RB, Kent State
Kris Cavitt, C, Louisiana Tech
Troy Woolfolk, CB, Michigan
The Lions signed the following 17 undrafted free agents who are participating:
Rodney Austin, G, Elon
Samuel Barham, T, Penn State
Pat Boyle, G, Temple
Troy Burrell, WR, Wayne State
Michael Cosgrove, DT, Idaho
Derek Dimke, K, Illinois
Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston
Alex Gottlieb, TE, William & Mary
Stephfon Green, RB, Penn State
Jared Karstetter, WR, Washington State
Alonzo Lawrence, DS, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Edmon McClam, DE, Old Dominion
Carmen Messina, LB, New Mexico
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Joseph Oram, G, Weber State
Ronnie Sneed, LB, Kentucky
Austin Wells, TE, Northern Iowa
First-year players participating (players who haven’t accrued a season credit toward free agency):
James Bryant, FB
Marcus Harris, WR
Terrence Tolliver, WR
2012 Draft picks:
Bill Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State
Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma
Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
Riley Reiff, T, Iowa
Tahir Whitehead, LB, Temple
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Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was in a Berrien County courtroom Friday and plead guilty to possession of marijuana and paid a $575 fine, according to Julie Mack of Mlive.com.
Leshoure was originally charged with possession of marijuana, second offense, but a plea bargain reduced the charge to possession of marijuana, first offense. Leshoure’s sentence was $575 in fines and costs.
Leshoure’s lawyer, Joseph Lavigne, told the judge Leshoure is in a 24-month program that initially requires him to be tested two or three times a week for drug use, according to the article.
It’s unclear if Leshoure will face a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian’s list of 10 pivotal players in the NFL this season includes Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
Fairley showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie last year, but dealt with a broken foot all season. Fairley suffered the injury the second day of training camp and missed the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season. He missed six regular-season games in all and was never 100-percent.
“Fairley could be the missing piece in making the Detroit defense dominant,” Polian wrote. “If the big Auburn alum can reach his potential, a trio of him, Ndamukong Suh and the emerging Corey Williams could make the Lions’ D-line extremely hard to handle up the middle and wreak havoc on the pocket (which will help an improving secondary).
“I still think the Lions need more from the running back position to be legitimate title contenders, but if Fairley steps up, an already improved defense will be taken to another level.”
Fairley has been participating fully in the offseason training program and the Lions have huge expectations for their first-round pick last year.
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